Nebraska 17, Michigan 13
Drive Recap: Michigan 13 - Nebraska 10 // 4Q: 8:08 pic.twitter.com/o4rwtV0sjL
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 9, 2013
This was the high point, both from a football and comedic standpoint.
If this isn't rock bottom, it's damn close. Michigan faced a Nebraska rush defense that's done this...
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...and, with sacks removed, rushed for 22 yards on 29 attempts. Oh, and a combination of poor play-calling, poor line play, poor blitz pickup, and one understandably skittish quarterback allowed seven sacks that knocked the offense back 49 yards.
Brady Hoke's home winning streak is dead; that's not really the story. It wasn't hard to see this coming, not after the narrow escape against Akron, and certainly not after last week's debacle. When Drew Dileo dropped a fourth-down pass on Michigan's last-gasp drive, it felt depressingly fitting—of course the sure-handed receiver would let one slip through his grasp at precisely the wrong time, because that's just how this season has gone.
When Michigan attained a first down for the first time in the game, only three plays before the end of the first quarter, the Big House crowd erupted with the loudest Bronx cheer I've ever heard in this building. The sarcastic cheers turned to boos by the end of the first half, at which time the Wolverines, down 10-3, had 60 yards of offense on 29 plays.
Those boos only grew louder by the end of the game. Al Borges orchestrated a great drive to open the second half, featuring a big play for Fitz Toussaint on a slip screen, a slick pop-pass to Jake Butt against a heavy blitz, and a touchdown to a wide-open Devin Funchess on a post-curl-corner route combination.
Thus ended the offensive renaissance. That ten-play, 75-yard drive represented 43% of Michigan's total output on the afternoon, and Michigan resumed slamming their heads against stacked fronts and allowing wave after wave of pressure to hit home.
The defense did what they could, holding the Huskers to 273 yards—75 of which came on their game-winning drive—on just 4.1 yards per play despite two new starters at safety: Courtney Avery and Josh Furman, who replaced Jarrod Wilson and Thomas Gordon.* When Frank Clark lost contain and James Ross was late getting out on an option pitch (of sorts, since it went forwards) to Ameer Abdullah, who waltzed five yards into the end zone, there wasn't anger in Michigan Stadium—instead, apathy reigned, and a healthy number of fans streamed for the exits despite the Wolverines being down four with two minutes left and all their timeouts. Five plays later, those fans were proven—at least for today—to be justified in their actions.
"Well, we just didn't execute," said Brady Hoke after the game. That is 2013 Michigan Football's epitaph, and at some point it isn't going to be enough to save everyone's job.
*According to Hoke in the post-game presser, Gordon had an unspecified ankle injury, while Wilson's absense from the lineup was an attempt to shake things up.
"I'm in favor of it." John McKay, coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976, when asked about the execution of his team.
This is what I think of every time I hear about players not executing. Also at this point, if a lineman can't block or a RB can't pick up a blitzing LB, it's time to fire Funk & Jackson. Borges may not be great but he is doing what he can with what he has. I am no longer surprised by anything this year, maybe it's time to groom next years players so they are ready to execute when called upon.
Kinda what they're doing?
No! Unless we are preparing them to lose.
I almost hate to give this up but if this thing keeps on going the way it's going -- and by that I mean completely off the rails -- then John U. Bacon's next book should be called, "Less Than Zero."
As soon as the game was over, the emotion was gone. I didn't even care. First time in a lifetime of watching Michigan football that a loss garnered no reaction. Just move along, go do something else.
Life is bigger than this. My fandom is broken. This is just another interest now.
That is exactly how I feel right now.
I've been trying to tell myself that I don't care anymore. I even went snowboarding today instead of watching the game. But I checked my phone when it was 10-10 and sped back into town to watch the end of it. Probably shouldn't have.
you deserve each other....short timers
Well said, that's exactly how I felt.
That's exactly how I feel as well. I wonder if Dave Brandon would care to hear that at least some portion of the alumni don't care about his football team anymore?
I agree with this as well
Really? LOL you haven't seen enough adversity...that's actually pretty pathetic
You sound like a classic drama queen
Just not worth ruining your weekend following this team! Today I was in CA wine country. Checked the score a few times. I kind of knew NE would beat them after last weeks dismal showing in EL! There's a good chance they will not win another game. This team looks as poor as the '08 team. The lack of progress this year has been extremely disappointing. IMO, this is the season that will doom Hoke. I don't see more than 7 or 8 wins the next 2 years. Hoke will eventually get dumped, then it will be time to rebuild once again under a new coach!
Increasing ticket price +
Horrible home schedules +
6 years when we are only playing on one side of the ball (all offense/no defense with RR, better than average defense/no offense with Hoke) +
Coaches that can't adapt, can't see their own trends and can't/don't explain repeated failure +
Fans with increased access to performance data and analysis
Growing disdain from the fan base, and the high likelihood of decreasing crowds, decreasing student (and future alumni) interest
That should scare the crap out of the new president coming in. Brandon will be gone soon with his bags of money but the school will be left with a program in shambles and 25,000 people watching Ohio State.
25,000 in Maize & Blue, ya mean?!
90͵000 in Scarlet & Gray. Ratio will be only 60/40 this year as it is. I found myself acting like Ed Norton in Fight Club tonight when he realizes he's actually Tyler Durden as I both rooted against Bama -and FOR them- as I realized their losing would put ohio in the top 2!
How has it comes to this....?!
I honestly hope some boosters/alumni put the heat on Dave Brandon to start searching for a new OC. My first call would be to Stanford or Florida. Brent Pease was good at Boise, he would an upgrade over Borges and his inability to adjust to the defense he's being shown.
Got his gig at Florida based on one year coaching a fabulous quarterback. Ask Florida fans about Pease, and they'll say all the same stuff Michigan folks say about Borges. Grab back offense that does nothing well and seems to constantly ignore what the players coached can actually do.
Michigan needs to hire an offensive coordinator with a defined system and a way to teach it that has been proven to work at different places. If that means going back to spread and shred, great. As long as the folks hired can teach it, do it. If that means hiring a former Harbaugh guy, that's cool too. Just stop this mealy multiple mush offense. Every team trying to do this grab bag stuff is inconsistent and terrible except Boise, and none of Boise's former coordinators have been able to replicate that offense at bigger jobs.
The AD doesn't hire assistant coaches. That's on the head coach.
florida's offense is even more of a tire fire than ours is...florida fans would be ECSTATIC if we hired their offensive coordinator. they're currently 109th in rushing offense, and 72nd in passing offense. VANDERBILT just held them to 17 points.
and stanford; well, yeah, i'd love to have an offense like stanford's too. thing is, that offense is pretty similar to what we're already trying to do, and we can't run it now.
I'm surprised Paul Chryst doesn't get talked about more. I can't believe he's not the coach at Wisconsin right now.
its been a weekly competition this season between my gf and me to see whose OC will be more inept, borges or pease. im gonna say no to pease
from N. Illinois, why not
'We hired Fred Flintstone because he would walk fromSan Diego for this job. Unfortunately he brought Barney Rubble with him. May be his downfall.
There was no throwing objects at the TV. No running outside and screaming "FUCK!!!!!" as loud as I can and scaring the neighbors. Nothing. I'm playing Arkham Origins on xbox with my kids. It's better for my sanity.
I'm going out on a limb here and predicting that Northwestern will blitz 90% of the time next week.
And Gorgeous will run smack into the middle of it over and over.
I just saved you all a headache.
Apathy. I wasn't even bothered by the loss because I saw it coming. It's kind of a chilling feeling.
isn't tough. They had the lead with less than 1/2 the 4th quarter left, then gave up a 75 yard drive for the go-ahead score and could not get it done with over 2 minutes left and all 3 time outs. The obvious problem is the offense. Al Borges has to be accountable for the results and lack of improvement. The vultures are going to be circling around the offensive coaches after this team goes 6-6 this year.
The D line, coached by Hoke and Mattison, cant get pressure. The linebackers tackle inconsistently and dont drop well into pass routes. The DBs cant anticipate and leave receivers open by 5 - 10 yards on 3rd down consistently. Either the talent isnt there (I personally believe it is) or the coaches on both sides of the ball need a gut check or get the hell out.
The D-Line is a real problem we have not gotten any middle pressure since Mike Martin. Some of the youth on the ends have potential but still no middle pressure. That falls squarley on Hoke as he attempts to add his flavor there but it the results are most assuredly unacceptable. Watching David Harris play last weekend for the Jets makes me wonder if we have had a decent LB since he left. The current group is remarkably average but I place some of the blame on the lack of D-Line success. We continue to be unable to shed blocks and the pass coverage is pretty pedestrian. Not a horrible group but not above average. I believe the DB's are on the verge of very good but we need a consistant perfromance on critical plays. Seems to be a single breakdown on those critical plays, and the end of the Nebraska drive is a great example with the extremely poor play on the sideline pass.
i reiterate: FIRE ACE
unless ace is running the mgoblog twitter feed during games (i assume brian does), "the Big House crowd erupted with the loudest Bronx cheer I've ever heard in this building"
sounds awfully like:
At least I've heard the loudest Bronx cheer in the history of Michigan Stadium now.
either ace has pictures of brian bald and naked, or he gives the best blow jobs in the blogosphere. because his writing/"reporting"/recruiting info is awful.
Dude; you're seriously mad at ACE right now? Maaaaaybe you should take a break from the internet and go take a walk outside or something.
you think ACE adds positive equity to this site? answer that.
last week i had similar comments.
this isn't me steaming over a loss, this is me assuming others agree and brian rides the wave. any idiot with an english degree could improve upon ace's "contributions" to this site.
You have more than enough points to post a diary or start a thread. Ante up.
then kick yourself in the nuts and never post again. No one gives a flying fuck.
except for people who enjoy good michigan football content.
appreciate your reply though, thanks.
Dude; for someone complaining about someone's writing you sure do suck at it yourself. Puctuation and capitalization are your friends.
capitalization is for college.
this is, a fucking; messageboard: jerkface
for real though, people really think ace is a net positive to this site?
and you're either actually trolling or exercising an extreme amount of stupidity that is indistinguishable from trolling. Go play in traffic.
that ace's mother was a monocle-wearing, smiling cunt.
way to out yourself MOM. haha
Any idiot can do better than Ace? Show us.
Wiper is not just any idiot......
if you all think i or anyone else with a college degree, ace's mgo-connections and a pulse couldn't produce better content, then i may as well go play in traffic.
will report back with results of said traffic-play.
I can't tell if this is tongue-in-cheek or just... dumb. this is what you focus on after that game? and are you not familiar with the term "Bronx cheer"?
indeed i am. besides michigan i am a fan of cleveland sports teams.
however ace using brian's tweets when he considers himself an important writer of michigan happenings seems deceitful and lame.
Maybe someday Michigan will be reduced to "just another elite academic institution with a good basketball team" like Duke, Harvard, etc. are.
Sports columnists say things like how Michigan is a flagship program and is the only one in the Big Ten (along with Ohio State) that can be elite. Their arguments are flawed... there is no reason that someday Michigan State cannot be elite or even Northwestern cannot be elite. Supposedly "small programs" like Baylor, Boise State, Oregon, and Stanford (those that are not traditional football powerhouses) have become great.
I guess what I'm saying is that we cannot take victory for granted: it is not guaranteed that programs such as ours will reach the heights of Alabama nor is it guaranteed that other programs like staee will not beat us up every year.
The effort to become great has to be there. A good way to start, perhaps, is to give up top dollar to get top-notch coaches.
I am all for throwing money at the problem on the condition that we use it to buy better coaches.